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Dennis Messer has a new role in education. On July 1 he took on the position of superintendent for Barbourville Independent. He replaced Lenora Kay Dixon, who retired at the end of June.
Anna Shepherd was named superintendent for Floyd County schools on July 26, replacing Danny Adkins, who resigned and is now superintendent of Woodford County. Awarded a four-year contract, Shepherd previously served as chief early childhood officer and interim superintendent in the district.
Northern Kentucky native Brian Robinson has always been drawn to the classroom and that lure led to a career in education. On July 1, he became superintendent of Fort Thomas Independent Schools (FTIS), replacing Karen Cheser, who retired at the end of June.
Barry Lee is starting his 20th year in education as the new Casey County superintendent. A native of Casey County, Lee graduated from Casey County High School in 1996. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in public relations from Eastern Kentucky University as a first-generation college student.
Jason Radford is on a new educational journey, beginning his tenure as the new Oldham County superintendent July 1. He replaces Greg Schultz, who retired June 30, following five years at Oldham County and a total of 31 years in education.
Steve Miracle graduated from Henry County High School in May of 1987. By August, he already had enlisted into the Navy and had begun boot camp.
New Morgan County Superintendent Ralph Hamilton grew up in the district and has spent much of his career there.
Jeremy Ledford grew up in Knox County and has spent his educational career there. Now he moves from a principal’s position to superintendent.
David Meinschein, a Livingston Central High School graduate, returned home to begin his stint as superintendent on July 1. Meinschein succeeds Victor Zimmerman, who resigned on Feb. 9. Darryl Chittenden, who was superintendent until his retirement in 2015, took over as interim superintendent for Zimmerman.
Gov. Andy Beshear met virtually with Kentucky’s superintendents on Dec. 4 to ask them to begin planning for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to the state’s education community.